An atrocity to the modern age is failing to remember to history.
I want to get down on one knee and propose to my future husband. The unfortunate thing, though, is that I am a man - and I live in Australia. In my country there are people who are actually against same sex marriage. They wish to control one aspect of my life, the aspect of falling in love.
How they can have a distaste over those who wish to marry the same sex is a bafflement to any logic, and a disgrace to an age that has persevered the raging waters of civil rights movements, suffragettes and the acceptance of homosexuality itself.
Do those who wish me no right to get down on one knee and propose to my future lover have any understanding of what it means to be human? Have they learned anything from allowing dark skinned people to marry caucasians? Or allowing women the right to vote?
The thing to consider in these pivotal moments of history is not the relinquishment of basic human rights — or the unknown consequences beyond — but that there are people asking for them in the first place. When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person in 1955, she was asking for equal rights with white people. When Emily Davidson threw herself in front of a horse at the derby, she was asking for equal rights with men. And when Marsha P Johnson threw the first brick, she was asking for equal rights with heterosexual men and women.
Now we have a community in Australia pleading to have the same rights as heterosexual people, and the one thing these anti-marriage equality advocates must ask themselves, is how long will they waste their lives defending it. Because if there is one thing we have learned in civil rights movements, is that we the minority will never stop fighting.